Roberto Carlos names John Terry as his favourite English player ahead of David Beckham

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Brazil legend Roberto Carlos surprisingly names John Terry as his favourite English player ahead of former team-mate David Beckham… with Real Madrid icon also praising Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard

  • Roberto Carlos played alongside David Beckham at Real Madrid for four years
  • But the Brazilian says his former team-mate isn’t his favourite English player
  • That label went to ex-Chelsea skipper John Terry, who he described as ‘different’ 
  • The Brazil legend also name-dropped Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard  


Brazil and Real Madrid icon Roberto Carlos has surprisingly named former Chelsea captain John Terry as his favourite English player – ahead of former team-mate David Beckham.

Carlos played with Beckham for four years in the Spanish capital as part of the famous ‘Galacticos’ era, winning a LaLiga title together in 2007. 

The Brazil left back also played alongside Steve McManaman, Micheal Owen and Jonathan Woodgate during his time at the Bernabeu but despite this, none of those players got a mention when the 48-year-old was asked by SPORTbible who his favourite English player ever was. 

Roberto Carlos has named former Chelsea captain John Terry as his favourite English player

None of Carlos' former English team-mates at Real Madrid got a mention as he named the ex-Blues skipper

Roberto Carlos has named former Chelsea captain John Terry as his favourite English player

Carlos played with Beckham for four years at Real Madrid, winning a LaLiga title in 2007

Carlos played with Beckham for four years at Real Madrid, winning a LaLiga title in 2007

‘The great captain, John Terry. Of course, Lampard and Gerrard have been wonderful but Terry was different,’ Carlos said. 

‘A lot of them [could have played for Brazil] but what’s been most important of all is the growth of Brazilian players.

‘They are selected to play for Brazil but they play their club football in Europe and that’s been the best arrangement.’

Frank Lampard (pic) and Steven Gerrard were also name-dropped by the Real Madrid icon

Carloa said Lampard and Gerrard (pic) could have played for Brazil

Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard were also name-dropped by the Real Madrid icon 

Carlos played against England in the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals, where Brazil won 2-1 and went on to win their fifth World Cup. 

The left back was capped 125 times by his country over 16 years where he also won two Copa Americas – he also won the Champions League with Madrid on three occasions. 

Carlos was close to signing for Chelsea after he left Madrid in 2007 but instead went to Turkish club Fenerbache.

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